Challenger Brest Live
The Challenger Tour continues this week, with France being the next country to host the tournament, in the city of Brest.
It comes as no surprise to see the Frenchman Jeremy Chardy as the top seed here. His performance this season has been a dull one, which is only reflected in his last few events. Having spent his entire time on the ATP circuit so far, he has had little luck. To gain some traction, he shifted to the Challenger circuit, only to lose in second round in the Mons Challenger, earlier this month. Lukas Lacko of Slovakia is the second seed, who lost in the first round of his last two Challenger events in Mons and Orleans. With the top two seeds struggling with their forms, the Swiss Marco Chiudinelli has got the chance here to go the distance. He has been in a better form than the rest, having reached the semifinal in Istanbul Challenger and quarterfinal in Orleans. Alessandro Giannessi will also be playing in the tournament, who won the Szczecin Challenger recently.
He was also the quarter-finalist in Stockton. Needless to mention, with season approaching its end, the players here will be keen on adding a title to their collection. Let's see who emerges as the victor here.
Posted: 19th October 2015
Returning to the Challenger Tour after a 13-year hiatus, the Brest Challenger is an indoor tennis tournament held in Brest, France.
The first edition of the tournament was held back in 1988 when the American Luke Jensen has defeated a home player in Stephane Grenier to raise the trophy. The organizers did an excellent job during the 90's, luring in some truly special young talent. The biggest name out of these players were 1999 champion Roger Federer who later went on to become the most successful (and probably best) player in the history of the game, at least up to date. Federer wasn't the only big name to emerge victorious here either. 1990 winner Cedric Pioline and 1991 champion Fabrice Santoro both went on to do big things on the ATP tour. Pioline actually made two Grand Slam finals and if he weren't so unlucky having to face Pete Sampras both times, he could have been even more successful. He still managed to win as many as five career titles while his compatriot Santoro had six. The Luxembourg Open has not been held since 2002 but the organizers managed to do an excellent job and looks like the tourney will come back with a bang. They have managed to bring in world number 23 Benoit Paire with a wild card, along with his compatriot, world number 69 Nicolas Mahut.
The third top 100 competitor in the main draw will be world number 79 Illya Marchenko. Two of these three players could definitely find themselves in the final.
Tags: Challenger Tour, Jeremy Chardy, Lukas Lacko, Marco Chiudinelli, Alessandro Giannessi, Brest Challenger, Pete Sampras, Benoit Paire, Nicolas Mahut, Illya Marchenko
Posted: 17th October 2016
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